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Posts Tagged ‘AFC championship.’

BENGALS NOTES: Cincinnati 23 Buffalo 20

 

(courtesy of Cincinnati Bengals & NFLmedia.com)

The Cincinnati Bengals have quite well in four games without Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. They are 2-2 with rookie QB Andy Dalton learning on the job and the defense keeping the team in games.

GAME NOTES FROM BUFFALO WIN:

* Cincinnati never beats Buffalo. Sunday’s win stopped a 10-game losing streak to the Bills. The Bengals had not beaten Buffalo since the 1988 AFC championship game.

* Head coach Marvin Lewis was 3-for-3 in winning all replay challenges.

* Rookie WR A.J. Green has had his ups and downs in 2011 but is a finalist for the NFL’s rookie of the month award for September after leading all rookies with 15 receptions.

The first-round draft pick from Georgia caught four passes for 118 yards, including long receptions for 40 and 56 yards.

* The defense has kept the Bengals in every game this year. Mike Zimmer’s unit has some outstanding stats despite not playing any elite teams as of yet. Their stats are from playing Cleveland, Denver, San Francisco and Buffalo.

They started Sunday’s game being #1 in the NFL in yards per game rush allowed, at 2.9. The bengals have given up 276 yards per game, third fewest in the league, and has allowed the sixth-fewest points (54).

The Bengals allowed Buffalo only 4-of-14 in 3rd down situations, one offensive touchdown, no points in the second half, 273 yards total and just 4 yards per carry (21 carries for 83 yards).

Info compiled from NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Game stats

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Steelers know how to get to Super Bowl; holds off Jets

Ben Roethlisberger (file photo)

Steelers Terrible Towel (photo by Steel City Hobbies via Wikipedia Commons)

The one thing about the Pittsburgh Steelers, they know how to get to the Super Bowl.

For the third time in six years, the Steelers are going to the NFL’s title game to play this time around, the Green Bay Packers.

The Steelers beat the New York Jets 24-19 to play in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.

Pittsburgh turned back the Jets by stopping them on a key goal line stand.

The 14-4 Steelers dominated the game in the first half going up 24-3 with Rashard Mendenhall rushing for 95 of his 121 yards in the first two quarters.

Pittsburgh is in its eighth Super Bowl and has won the most titles with 6.

The Jets trying to get the Super Bowl since the days of Broadway Joe Namath 42 years ago, got off on a bad start against a team who is hard to comeback against.

The New York Jets finished the season at 13-6 and failed for the fourth time in the AFC title game to advance to the Super Bowl.

The Steelers counted out by everybody when Ben Roethlisberger was suspended by the NFL for the first four games, did not wither and still won their division and the AFC Championship.

compiled from NFL news

Steelers trade troubled Holmes who will get a 4-game suspension

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

Santonio Holmes (nfl)

The New York Jets have been the busiest team during the NFL’s offseason making several bold moves to get them closer to that goal of a Super Bowl.

Their latest move is that of acquiring talented but troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night for a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft.

Earlier on Monday, the NFL has suspended Holmes for 4 games in the upcoming 2010 season due his conduct this offseason. The 26-year-old Holmes is facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub. The police have been investigating the woman’s claims. Holmes denies hurting the woman, and a witness has since taken responsibility for tossing the glass, according to Holmes’ attorney.

Not a stranger to trouble,  In 2008, Santonio was arrested for possession of marijuana, and he was involved in a domestic violence in 2006; the misdemeanor charges were dismissed. However, sources have said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned him that repeated off-the-field issues would result in a suspension.

Holmes,  the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, gives second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez another big-time target to throw to in an offense that already has receivers Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, talented tight end Dustin Keller and recently signed free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

The 5’11  Ohio State product was a first-round pick in 2006,  has 235 career catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns and adds a speedy complement to the jets’ passing game. He’s coming off the best season of his career statistically, after having 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. Holmes’ presence should allow Cotchery to assume more of a slot role, where he is extremely effective, and take double coverage off of Braylon Edwards.

After surprisingly making it to the AFC championship game last season, the Jets and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have been aggressive despite the league’s “Final Eight” restrictions that have limited who they could sign. The Jets have traded for Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and signed Tomlinson, safety Brodney Pool and kicker Nick Folk.